As the fall season progresses, summer flowers start to fade away. Autumn brings rich neutral tones and grounding textures. We found a way to preserve summer moments by drying fully bloomed flowers and incorporating them in some of our classic vases and planters to add a special harvest aesthetic to any home decor style. Transition your space this season with fall tones and organic shapes. Today we are bringing the outdoors in with _Cafeathome’s DIY dried arrangements for fall decorating tips.

From roses to lavender, you can find a multitude of flowers that can be dried depending on what type of color contrast fits within your space. See tips on which flowers dry the best and how to properly dry flowers so they look beautiful and last throughout the dreary winter months.

How to Dry Flowers Properly 

Drying your favorite garden flowers is easy! Here's some tips on how to do it:

1. Pick flowers in the morning just before the blooms completely open. When you snip off the flowers from the plant, be sure to take 5 to 6 inches of stem.

2. Make sure all foliage from the stem is completely striped. 

3. Secure a bundle of 8 to 10 stems with a rubber band or twist tie.

4. Hang bundle upside down from a hook or coat hanger in a dry, dark, well-ventilated area out of sunlight. Closets, attics, and well-ventilated garages are great spots for this step.

5. In 2 to 3 weeks (or even less for hotter locations) flowers will be completely dry. Some colors may fade, but most flowers will retain their original hues.

Best Flowers For Drying

Flowers that have a small calyx and hold their petals tightly. The calyx consists of the small green leaves or sepals located at the base of the bud; they enclose and protect the unopened flower. 

Best flowers for drying include: 

  • Ageratum (floss flower)
  • Amaranth
  • Artemisia (good for foliage) 
  • Baby's Breath 
  • Celosia
  • Coneflower
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Globe Thistle
  • Herbs
  • Hydrangea
  • Lavender
  • Mums 
  • Pansies
  • Rose Buds
  • Salvia
  • Sea Holly
  • Strawflower 
  • Sun Flowers
  • Yarrow 

Fall Vase + Planter Ideas 

Vases and planters are great home decor accessories for all-year-round. All it takes for a transitional composition is the type of flowers you fill them with. For fall, swap out those summertime florals with your newly dried arrangements and add them to your next fall tablescape, entry way, or shelf to refresh your space with a seasonal touch.